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Swamy opposes move to release convicts before world Tamil meet

Last Updated: Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 19:52

Chennai: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said he would oppose any move to release life convicts on the eve of World Classical Tamil Conference at Coimbatore starting June 23, as it would invite "contempt of court" proceedings.

His comments came following reports that the Tamil Nadu government was mulling releasing life convicts on the eve of the five-day Tamil Conference.

In 2008, the government had set free over 1000 prisoners to mark the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister CN Annadurai, for which Swamy had filed a petition opposing the release. The petition is still pending before the court, Swamy claimed.
"The Madras High Court was assured by the Advocate General last March in my writ petition, pending before the court, that they will abide by the Supreme Court judgement, decrying releases of life convicts," he said in a statement here.

The AG had also told the court that the Tamil Nadu government would file a counter before June 14, giving details of release of prisoners on September 15, 2008, he said.

"Not only they have not done so, but if they (government) go ahead with another amnesty scheme, it will be a contempt of court," he said.


First Published: Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 19:52
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